This week, while I was baking bread, I made a classic mistake: I forgot that the lid of the casserole dish had preheated in the 450 degree oven for 30 minutes! Ouch! I pulled the dish and lid out of the preheated oven with my oven mitts, took the lid off, took my mitts off, put the bread in the dish, grabbed the lid, and promptly dropped it on the open oven door. Fortunately, neither shattered. I hardly had it in my hand, and it didn’t hurt that badly, so I put my mitts back on, covered the dish and put it back in the oven. As soon as I closed the oven door, it hit me! Ai yai yai!
I immediately put my right hand under running cold water. My laptop was already in the kitchen for looking up the bread recipe, so I attempted to type with my left hand, researching ways to treat burns. I had heard you shouldn’t use burn cream the first 24 hours after a burn (it locks in the heat instead of treating the sub-dermal layers). There were mixed reviews on things like butter and ice, so I avoided those too. After 20-30 minutes of cold water on my hand, I attempted one remedy that suggested dipping the burn in vanilla extract. That did nothing but make my hand smell good. It still felt like it was burning (though I’m told that’s pain receptors, not heat receptors, so I took some Tylenol to alleviate the pain). Yes, I know Tylenol isn’t all-natural, but we’re getting there.
That night, I couldn’t really do anything else with my hand, so Bryan helped me finish the bread, and I wrapped an ice pack with a kitchen towel and stuck my hand between that and my pillow overnight. It felt a little better in the morning, but it still looked like it might blister and was very sensitive. I used some aloe, and then put on bandaids (to prevent infection, just in case it did blister), and went to work.
One of the ladies at work suggested EarthClinic.com, which is a great all-natural remedy resource, as well as BurnJel, an over-the-counter burn cream with tea tree oil in it. That got me thinking. So I mixed together about 2 tablespoons of aloe vera and a teaspoon of tea tree oil, and then added about 2 tablespoons of Curel Oatmeal Lavender lotion, so it could permeate the skin and heal the deeper layers instead of only relieving the topical problems. The next day, there was no blister, no pain, and I could barely tell I’d been burned. It was amazing! I only treated in the morning and evening for two days, and now it looks back to normal. Praise the Lord!